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Smoke inhalation cause of Christmas fire deaths

By Olivia Wilmsen, Multimedia Journalist, olivia.wilmsen@krdo.com
Published On: Dec 27 2013 07:42:43 PM CST

Smoke inhalation causes two fire deaths on Christmas. A mom and her three-year-old died on Christmas morning after their apartment caught on fire. The grandma and five-year-old had minor injuries. They're out of the hospital and expected to make a full recovery.

PUEBLO, Colo. -

The Pueblo County coroner says a Pueblo mom and her three-year-old toddler died from smoke inhalation. Both died in a Christmas morning apartment fire.

A grandmother and a five-year-old made it out with minor injuries. The family is grieving for their two losses.

25-year-old Natasha Fiore was mom to two boys. Looking a photo, you get a glimpse at the life of the people in it. That glimpse, a photo of a shared memory, is what's left of Natasha and her three-year-old son, Elijah Pino. Both died on Christmas morning when their apartment went up in flames.

"I'm going to miss her a lot," said Natasha's sister Samantha Fiore-Penaranda.

"Her kids were her everything. She loved her babies," said Norma Espinoza, Natasha's aunt.

"Tasha looked up and she'd seen the kitchen on fire and she screamed my boys are up there," said Espinoza.

Investigators ruled out arson, but say the cause may be drug related - something Natasha's family insists she wouldn't do.

"Does she look like a loving person? Does she look like a person that would do drugs on Christmas? No, I don't think she would ever do that on Christmas," said Fiore-Penaranda.

The fire broke out around 4:30 a.m. Christmas morning engulfing the upstairs apartment. Natasha's mother and her 5-year-old survived. Both are out of the hospital and expected to make a full recovery. 

With many questions still unanswered, family members are remembering Natasha and Elijah and the time they spent with them.

"She's always giving compliments. She had a bright outlook on life. If you needed her, she was there," said Fiore-Penaranda.

Investigators are still working on determining the cause of the fire.

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